Christmas in March!

March 30, 2011

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You’ve heard of Christmas in July. That’s when all the stores have huge, blow-out sales. Well, our family celebrated Christmas in March!

This year for Christmas, instead of the traditional “stuff” under the tree, we gave Grandson’s #1, #2 and #3 a memory. It began with these 3 walking sticks that Grandpa made for each of the boys. These walking sticks were made from sticks that Grandpa and Grandma¬† brought back from a hiking trip to Big Bend National Park.

The next piece of the puzzle was hiking boots given to the boys by Aunt Alyssa.

Last, each grandson opened a small box with 3 fossils we had collected from a previous trip to Big Bend. Included was a note that read: These fossils are from the Big Bend area. This year for Christmas you are receiving a trip to Big Bend. Grandpa, Grandma & Aunt Alyssa are taking you to Big Bend for Spring Break.

As each of the boys read their notes words like, “awesome, cool and how did you think of this,” came out of their jaw-dropping mouths. There were also huge smiles on everyone’s face, including mine.

Instead of a toy that they would have long ago forgotten, we wanted to give our Grandsons a “Memory” for Christmas. Here they are celebrating Christmas in March.

Come on back next week, when I share a FREE printable book: Going on a Hike. In the up coming weeks, I’ll also share some of the great memories you can make while exploring Big Bend.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever given?

Life with Joyce

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Natalie March 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm

What a great idea. I gave my mom a trip to Paris for her 50th birthday with the same thought in mind. Sadly, just a day before the trip she fell on a tennis court and broke her arm. I still hope we can go to Paris together one day.

Rebecca Matschek April 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm

While celebrating Christmas ’09, my youngest son and sister-in-law decided that for the next year they would email companies and see how much free stuff people were willing to send them (idea based on a book we had read). Sam quickly forgot the bet, but his aunt spent the year emailing a few companies each week; letting them in on the idea and asking for whatever they were willing to donate. For Christmas ’10, she had boxes wrapped for him with all the letters and stuff she had collected throughout the year. She had not opened anything so we all got to enjoy the surprise together. Some of the best were free dinners for the 2 of them at restaurants that wanted to meet them when they came in, name tags for each of them from The Price is Right (a family favorite), an autograph from Duff from Ace of Cakes, t-shirts, and samples of products. We spent hours unwrapping the items and enjoying the generosity of people willing to share in our fun. There were many nice letters from people who enjoyed hearing how much fun our family has together and laughing at our crazy idea. This year (Christmas ’11) we have both of our boys teaming up against their aunt and grandfather. They have to spend the year collecting things they find on the side of the road that have been lost or cast off by people. So far my garage is getting piled high with their finds. My boys are having a great time going out together to hunt for their “gifts” and I can already tell you that we will laugh until we cry when it’s time to open them again this year. Spending time with the people you love is the greatest gift a family can give each other!

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